Club may move to Heathridge
CITY EYES SUBURB AS HOME FOR JOONDALUP UNITED FC
THE City of Joondalup is now looking to house Joondalup United Football Club in Heathridge.
The City has been trying to find the club a home for more than a year, with proposals at Forrest Park in Padbury, Warrandyte Park in Craigie and Beldon Park all rejected following strong community opposition.
Councillors at Tuesday’s meeting considered a proposed redevelopment at Prince Regent Park for the club’s community-based fixtures, including two soccer fields and upgraded floodlighting, a new community sporting facility, carpark extension and relocation of the cricket nets and wicket.
This means the ground would not be used for senior National Premier Leagues games.
Joondalup United uses the park for training and junior matches in winter season, while Ocean Ridge senior and junior cricket clubs use it in the summer.
The new community sporting facility would include a meeting room overlooking the oval, changerooms, umpire room, toilets, kitchen, storage, CCTV room and a covered veranda area.
The project was estimated to cost $2.62 million and considered part of the State Government’s Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).
There is $1.6 million listed in the City’s capital works program across 2017-18 and 2018-19 for the redevelopment of a clubroom facility for Joondalup United.
Prince Regent Park had also been flagged for a redevelopment as part of $2.1 million included in the City’s 20-Year Strategic Financial Plan in 2031-32.
However, Mayor Troy Pickard moved an amendment to increase the changreooms from two to four to cater for “growing participation of females in key sports”.
“We are starting to see an increase request from sporting clubs to provide dedicated changerooms,” he said.
He said the City’s standard was to provide two changerooms, increasing to four when there were three or more fields.
He said though Prince Regent Park didn’t meet the criteria for four, the City would be “future proofing” the facility. This would increase the project cost by $453,000 to $3.07 million.
Cr Liam Gobbert said he could not support the extra funding.
“We’re being asked to budget nearly $3 million for sport recreation and the recommendation is asking us to alter the budget yet again; the budget that included $43 million for a single year of sport and recreation,” he said.
“If for three years, we didn’t fund sport and recreation, we could build and operate the Joondalup performing arts centre for the next two decades. Every bit we change the budget adds up.”
Mr Pickard also added a condition that Joondalup United contributes $100,000 to the project “as per an agreed payment plan approved by the chief executive”.
Cr Philippa Taylor said if the proposal went ahead, it would be “another facility for the people of Heathridge to utilise for their other clubs and meetings”.
The proposal will soon be advertised for community consultation, with a further report to council later this year.
The council will also consider a CSRFF application for $300,000 at next month’s meeting.